Today in Music History:
In 1977, Keith Richards was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, for possession of heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000.Anyone who has hung around here for any length of time knows that I am a huge Colin James fan. I have extolled the virtues of this great blues guitarist many times on this site. He is also a very diverse artist, exploring different genres of music. One of his favorite side projects is releasing music as Colin James and the Little Big Band. Colin recently released his third album with the Little Big Band and we were lucky enough to catch his first show in support of this new album a couple of weeks ago. Once again I took the camera and managed to take a lot of lousy pictures. Although I did get one that turned out decent.
As you may have guessed the little Big Band is a mixture of swing and light blues. As far as I'm concerned no one does it better than Colin and you can tell he really loves what he's doing as it's obvious he's having a blast. We actually arrived a bit late as we missed the bus and had to wait 20 minutes for the next one. As we entered the theatre I could hear the strains of Reet Petite coming from the auditorium. We made our way to our great seats and proceeded to get our socks knocked off. The Little Big Band consists of one trumpet, one trombone, a bass and alto sax, stand up bass, drummer, piano and of course Colin's amazing guitar. Being the first show of the tour was fun to watch as their were a few mistakes which Colin would joke about during the concert. One highlight was when Colin took to running down the aisles while jamming his ass off, that is also where I took the only decent pic of the night. Another highlight of the show was something you rarely see anymore. During the song Feelin' Good it became to much for one female fan to withstand and she ran down the aisle and jumped on stage with Colin and the boys and danced alongside Colin as he was laying the groove down. At first you kept expecting security to run onstage and drag her off, but apparently it was all right with Colin as they played off each other for the remainder of the song. I've noticed that Canadians tend to be rather sedate when attending concerts, yet during a few songs which were obviously crowd favorites, the audience was really getting into it. Colin was masterful as always and the trombone and bass sax were simply amazing. They certainly knew their chops. Even though this was Little Big Band night we were treated to one of Colin's blistering blues numbers.
Something else that was different was back in the lobby, instead of kiosks selling tshirts and memorabilia they had a large setup for World Vision where for a donation you would receive a Cd. An artist not lining his pockets but helping a good cause. It was a great night and I cannot stress more that if you ever have the chance, this is a musician that should be on every one's must see list. Unfortunately for those south of the border, Colin rarely tours the states. So today homercat serves up a dose of Little Big Band material for those who may be unfamiliar with these swinging sounds.
Jumpin' From 6 to 6